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Foyle Film Festival attracts top director

James Stewart in Rear Window, screening at the Foyle Film Festival tonight.

THE Foyle Film Festival got under way in Derry last night and there's still plenty more to enjoy from its packed programme.

Tomorrow finds Scottish director Jon S Baird visiting the Festival to discuss his hit adaptation of Irvine Welsh's novel Filth, which starred James McAvoy as a druggy, demented cop.

Recently hired by Martin Scorsese to direct an episode of his new HBO original series Vinyl, Baird will discuss putting Welsh's notoriously 'unfilmable' novel onto the screen during the free From Shorts to Features workshop at the Nerve Centre.

Other Festival highlights include tonight's special midnight screening of Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window, tomorrow night's premiere of horror Western Bone Tomahawk starring Kurt Russell, a screening of new documentary Running Man McGrath on Saturday evening followed by a 30th anniversary midnight screening of Stephen Frears's My Beautiful Laundrette.

:: Read David Roy's interview with Jon S Baird tomorrow. Programme info and tickets via Foylefilmfestival.org.

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